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10 Easy Handprint Crafts for Kids

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10 Easy Handprint Crafts for Kids

Use kids’ hands to make art that lasts long after your crafting day ends. With adult supervision, these crafts work for all ages.

By Ashley Little

Handprint Giraffe

You’re familiar with the traditional Thanksgiving turkey handprints that your grandchildren make at school. Now add a few other animals to the mix, like this simple giraffe from Handprint Creations.
Supplies: Handprint Arts Kit (or paint colors of your choice), paper

Apple Tree Fingerprints  Courtesy of Momma on the Move

Even the youngest grandchild can contribute to this work of art. Use your grandchild’s fingerprints to paint the leaves of this apple tree, and give him or her a little help with the tree trunk. This is the perfect craft if you want a project that’s low on messiness. Get the how-to from Momma on the Move.
Supplies: Brown, red, and green tempura paint; paper

Flamingo with Clothespins

What kid doesn’t love googly eyes? Gather some clothespins, trace your grandchild’s hand onto cardstock, and turn it into a flamingo with this how-to from Homemade Mamas. Glue a magnet to the back and display it on the fridge when you’re finished.
Supplies: Hot pink cardstock, 3 clothespins, pink acrylic paint, paintbrush, orange pipe cleaners, googly eye, glue, pencil/pen, scissors
Courtesy of Meet the Dubiens

Handprint Ballerina Tutu

This craft is for the grandparent who’s a little more artistic. Use cardstock, two painted handprints, and a ribbon to create a ballerina. Don’t forget to have the artist sign the masterpiece! See the how-to at Meet the Dubiens.
Supplies: Canvas or paper, 2 shades of pink paint, paint brush, pink cardstock, scissors, glue, pink ribbon
Courtesy of Naptime Decorator

Family Handprint Tree

The entire family can have fun with this craft. Give family trees a creative spin by putting family members’ handprints on the branches. Frame the tree when you’re finished. Get the instructions from the Naptime Decorator.
Supplies: White poster board paper, pencil, paint markers (to draw tree trunk), scissors, glue, acrylic paints in various colors, frame (optional)
Courtesy of Preschool Playbook

Monster Handprints

Kids will get a kick out of transforming their handprints into a little monster. Get the instructions from Preschool Playbook.
Supplies: Green paint or stamp pad, googly eyes, glue, scissors, white construction paper or cardstock, red construction paper or cardstock
Courtesy of Family Crafts

Paper Plate Sun

Handprints become rays of sunshine when they’re attached to a paper plate. Kids can color the sun using paint, markers, or crayons depending on the age. Hang it on the wall when you’re finished, or attach a popsicle stick and use it as a puppet. Get the instructions from Family Crafts.
Supplies: Paper plate; construction paper; crayons, markers, or paint; craft glue; scissors

Handprint Bouquet of Flowers

Flowers are nice, but flowers made of handprints are even better! This craft works well for one grandkid or several grandkids working together. Get the how-to from The Trendy Treehouse.
Supplies: Paper, paint colors of your choice, paintbrush
Courtesy of Simply Kierste

Handprint Apron

This project is perfect for crafting with several grandchildren at once. Using heat transfers to add names is optional; if you want a low-maintenance version, write the names with a paint pen instead. Get the how-to from Simply Kierste.
Supplies: Canvas apron, washable fabric paint, fabric and matching thread (optional), heat transfer (optional) or paint pen

Handprint in Clay

This classic handprint craft is simple: knead the clay, roll it out, and plant your grandchild’s hand into the clay. Paint the handprint, let the clay dry, and voila! – an instant keepsake. Kids love playing with squishy clay, so you may want to pick up extra so they can explore other shapes. Get the how-to from Michaels.
Supplies: Crayola® Model Magic® in Terra Cotta, Craft Smart® Paint Brush, FolkArt® Acrylic Paint in Sunny Yellow, Wood Rolling Pin (all available at Michaels stores)

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